A 34-year-old Arouca man yesterday appeared in the Scarborough Magistrates' Court facing several charges in connection with an attack on two female British tourists.
Artherly 'Ratty' Fraser, a PH taxi driver who was staying at Young Street, Canaan, appeared before Magistrate Duane Murray in the Scarborough Third Court charged with two counts of kidnapping, two counts of robbery and two counts of grievous sexual assault on two United Kingdom tourists aged 33 and 35. He was not called upon to plead as the charges were laid indictably.
The court heard that around 1.30 am on Monday the duo hired a PH driver to transport them from the Sunday School festivities at Buccoo to their guest house located at Black Rock. Along the way, however, the driver allegedly stopped at Grafton Beach and proceeded to sexually assault them and rob them of their cellphones. He then escaped in his vehicle, leaving them behind. The women immediately made a report to the Shirvan Road Police Station. An investigation was carried out and a suspect was arrested at his apartment on Tuesday around 7 am. On Wednesday, the suspect was positively identified by the women during an identification parade at the Scarborough Police Station.
Fraser was unrepresented when he appeared yesterday and bail was set at $800,000.
WPC Phillip-Radix of the Shirvan Road Police Station laid the charges.
Fraser is scheduled to reappear in court on April 5.